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Questionnaire for Community Policing Pilot

Posted on: April 19, 2019

Topic(s): Updates

Community Policing Pilot Project - Questionnaire Opens April 22

Between April 22 and May 5, 2019, Western Libraries is asking, “Are we on the right track?” with regards to the community policing pilot project that has been underway since fall quarter 2018.  The pilot project is an initiative between the Libraries and University Police intended to address concerns around personal safety raised by late-night library staff and others.

Through its implementation the pilot project has increased visibility of University Police officers in the main library buildings by approximately three hours per day, depending on the work schedules of the two volunteer officers.  Officers Bianca Smith and Todd Osborne have reported a very positive reception on the part of building users, however assessment and continuation of this initiative will rely in large part on input from students and others.

As noted above beginning April 22, 2019, an online questionnaire is available to those wishing to provide input and comments regarding the program.  The information gathered is part of a larger assessment strategy being to determine the success and continuation of community policing in the Libraries.

In addition to the data gathered by the questionnaire the Libraries will be conducting a focus group later in spring quarter.  Those interested in participating in that discussion should send their name and WWU email address to  A limited number of participants will be invited to participate.  The date of the focus group discussion has yet to be determined, and more updates will be shared as the assessment work of this program progresses. 

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Democracy in 20th-century Colombia - May 9

Posted on: April 16, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Western Libraries Reading Series: Ricardo López to Speak about Democracy in 20th-century Colombia 

Image of the cover for the book, Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia, by A. Ricardo López-Pedreros.

Professor A. Ricardo López-Pedreros of WWU’s History Department will provide an overview of his new book on the changing nature of democracy in 20th-century Colombia on Thursday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th Floor). This event is free and open to the public.

During his talk, López-Pedreros will trace the ways in which a thriving middle class was understood to be a foundational marker of democracy in Colombia during the second half of the twentieth century.

He will show how the Colombian middle class created a model of democracy based on free-market ideologies, private property rights, material inequality, and an emphasis on a masculine work culture.

This model, which naturalized class and gender hierarchies, provided the groundwork for Colombia's later adoption of neoliberalism and inspired the emergence of alternate models of democracy and social hierarchies in the 1960s and 1970s that helped foment political radicalization.

By highlighting the contested relationships between class, gender, economics, and politics, López-Pedreros theorizes democracy as a historically unstable practice that exacerbated multiple forms of domination, thereby prompting a rethinking of the formation of democracies throughout the Americas.    

López-Pedreros is Associate Professor of History at WWU. He is author of Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia (Duke University Press) and coeditor of The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History, also published by Duke. He is currently Vice President for the United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW).

This special talk is offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, which is dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of faculty and staff who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western. For more information about this event, please contact Michael Taylor,,  360-650-3097.

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Used Book Sale: Judaica & More, April 28

Posted on: April 15, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Used Book Sale on April 28 at Congregation Beth Israel: Judaica & More

Several rows of books on a table, spine side up, titles are illegible (blurred focal range)

Western Libraries Heritage Resources is partnering with Congregation Beth Israel for a Used Book Sale! The sale will be at the Congregation Beth Israel (751 San Juan Boulevard, Bellingham) on Sunday, April 28, 2019 (“Mitzvah Day”), from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A large selection of Judaic books and media will be available, including fiction and non-fiction, children’s titles, Jewish life and religion, Torah commentary, reference and art books, Jewish history and the Holocaust, records and CDs, and more. The sale is to be held in the downstairs nursery school. Arrive early for the best selection!

Most books will be priced at $1.00 and cash or check only will be accepted as payment. Proceeds will benefit the Beth Israel Library and the Western Libraries Heritage Resources Judaica Collection.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Joan Wayne  at, or David Schlitt at

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Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Burning'

Posted on: April 4, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Burning,' April 16 at PFC

Image of a woman from the film "Burning" by Lee Chang-Dong.The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Lee Chang-dong’s 2018 feature Burning, which screens on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in Bellingham.  

Based on a story by Murakami Haruki, Burning follows Jong-su, a recently graduated aspiring writer, and a young woman from his hometown whom he barely remembers.

Soon after reconnecting, the young woman leaves on a trip, only to return with a mysterious young man, and an uncomfortable triangle is formed. The film plays as both a mystery and an unsettling reflection on class, gender, and the threat of violence. Like other films by Lee, Burning causes us to question our initial assumptions about what is going on as the film unfolds.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema Series features some of the best films in World Cinema. Burning will be introduced by WWU Associate Professor of Political Science Kristen Parris, who teaches Chinese Politics, East Asian Politics, and other courses in comparative politics.  She earned a PhD in Political Science from Indiana University,  and an MA in East Asian Studies, also from IU. Kristen has traveled to China many times since 1987. She has a variety of publications examining Chinese politics and the uses of power at the local level. 

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April Workshops: Designing for Impact

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Designing for Impact: Research Poster Workshops

Scholars Week is coming soon and many student have posters on their minds. If you are a student thinking about participating in Scholars Week, or if you just want to learn a little more about how to create an effective poster, Western Libraries invites you to attend the Designing for Impact Research Poster Workshops.

Drop in to any workshop session and learn how to design, print, and present a successful poster. These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, and will be located in workshop space in the Haggard Hall 210. Stop by to get information, advice, tips and tricks, and general support that will help you create your best poster ever!

Workshops will be held on the following dates & times:

  • Wednesday April 10 from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12 from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 18 from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 23 from 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.


Need more info? Contact the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at